Today we moved on to our next stop, Camp Eriez in Lake City, PA (just south of Erie, PA). Easy 2 ½ hour drive on I-80/I-90 all the way. In Cleveland it’s a little weird in that the highway takes an almost 90˚ turn near downtown. You really have to slow down there!
We’ve stayed here before on our travels between Rochester NY and my brother’s and I’m liking it more and more each time we stay. Just nice and quiet with lots of stars in the sky at night.
Evidently the steelhead trout started their “run” while we were there because when we drove down to the one boat launch, there were fishermen lining the creek along the road. The steelhead trout, like salmon are anadromous meaning they return to their original hatching ground to spawn. Similar to Atlantic Salmon, but unlike their Pacific kin, steelheads are able to spawn several times, each time separated by months and make several spawning trips between fresh and salt water. The immature or young steelhead remain in the river for about a year before heading to sea, whereas salmon typically return to the seas as youngsters. Different steelhead populations migrate upriver at different times of the year. "Summer-run steelheads" migrate between May and October, before their reproductive organs are fully mature. They mature in freshwater before spawning in the spring. "Winter-run steelheads" mature fully in the ocean before migrating, between November and April, and spawn shortly after returning. The maximum recorded life-span for a rainbow trout is 11 years.
So that’s your biology lesson for the day!
Anyway, it’s a wonder any trout got through the many, many fishermen lining the creek. There was one happy older gentleman who caught a very nice steelhead but was unable to make it back up the hill to his car with the fish and all his gear. Bob went down to help him which made him an even happier fisherman.
We then continued to the marina area and there were fishermen all along the inlet (outlet) and even more in boats out on Lake Erie.
Next stop: Rochester, New York to see son, daughter-in-law and 3 wonderful grandgirls!